Style Revolution: Collaboration and Experimentation in Art Historical Digital Humanities within the University Setting

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Thursday, April 04, 2019: 8:00am - 9:00am - Grand Ballroom Foyer

Jodi Mikesell, Columbia University, USA

The Morgan Library and Museum’s vast collection of books hold the rarest and most visually shocking of fashion’s first publications; the Journal des dames et des modes. Dating from 1797-1804, they represent the most radical changes in all of clothing history. This revolution in consumer culture signals the birth of fashion as we know it and transformed conceptions of identity, gender, and power. Lacking an outlet for public dissemination of these rare fashion plates, we set out to create a channel in which research could be shared digitally. The work of the Style Revolution project uses minimal computing to present web-based art historical research of the Journal des dames et des modes and to create an accessibility bridge for art historians to collaborate in sharing research. This presentation discusses that experience and speaks to the evolution of collaborative work in the beginner digital humanities classroom.